MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,557 this week

Samson & Delilah (2009)
"Samson and Delilah" (original title)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 2,467 users   Metascore: 71/100
Reviews: 43 user | 50 critic | 6 from Metacritic.com

Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Related News

Cannes official to head Aff jury
| IF.com.au
National Gallery | Review
| ioncinema

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 30 Jan 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 06 Jun 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 06 Mar 2013
 
a list of 34 titles
created 31 Jul 2013
 
a list of 24 titles
created 30 Jun 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Samson & Delilah" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Samson & Delilah (2009)

Samson & Delilah (2009) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Samson & Delilah.
19 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The definitive Delilah of our day, Olga Borodina has been praised by Allan Ulrich in the San Francisco Chronicle for her "gloriously voluptuous singing." The Russian mezzo-soprano reprises ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zamacona
Stars: Clifton Forbis, Olga Borodina, Eric Jordan
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of Lena, the light-skinned daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father and Vaughn, a Murri boy doing time in a minimum security prison in North West NSW. Dramatic events ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Sen
Stars: Dannielle Hall, Damian Pitt, Jenna Lee Connors
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.

Directors: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari
Stars: Shabnam Toloui, Pegah Ferydoni, Arita Shahrzad
Lourdes (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In order to escape her isolation, wheelchair-bound Christine makes a life changing journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees Mountains.

Director: Jessica Hausner
Stars: Sylvie Testud, Léa Seydoux, Bruno Todeschini
Lucky Luke (2009)
Adventure | Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Fearless gunslinger, Lucky Luke, is ordered by the President to bring peace to Daisy Town.

Director: James Huth
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Michaël Youn, Sylvie Testud
Samson and Delilah (TV Movie 1996)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Mara and her husband Manoa are both upstanding and religious Israelites living under the harsh and unjust rule of the Philistines. Much to their regret, they have not been able to have ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Stars: Dennis Hopper, Elizabeth Hurley, Eric Thal
The Sniper (2009)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A police sniper teams up with a hot-headed rookie to take down his former friend and teammate, who is exacting revenge on the police force.

Director: Dante Lam
Stars: Richie Jen, Xiaoming Huang, Edison Chen
RoboGeisha (2009)
Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Yoshie, the younger and ill-treated sister of a renowned Geisha, is discovered to have natural strength and fighting ability. She's recruited into an army of Geisha assassins by the rich ... See full summary »

Director: Noboru Iguchi
Stars: Asami, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Naoto Takenaka
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

28-year-old Kansas University doctoral student Omar Razaghi wins a grant to write a biography of Latin American writer Jules Gund. Omar must get through to three people who were close to ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Omar Metwally, Anthony Hopkins, Charlotte Gainsbourg
The Graves (2009)
Adventure | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Two inseparable sister's visit to a remote mine town turns into a mind-bending fight for survival against menaces both human and supernatural.

Director: Brian Pulido
Stars: Clare Grant, Jillian Murray, Bill Moseley
Macabre II (2009)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two newly weds Adjie and Astrid, along with 3 of their best friends decided to have an interstate road trip as a last attempt to reconcile Adjie with his estranged little sister Ladya. ... See full summary »

Directors: Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto
Stars: Shareefa Daanish, Julie Estelle, Ario Bayu
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Arunsak Ongla-or
Stars: Pattadon Jan-Ngern, Pudit Kunchanasongkarm, Isabella Lete
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rowan McNamara ...
Samson
Marissa Gibson ...
Mitjili Napanangka Gibson ...
Nana (as Mitjili Gibson)
Scott Thornton ...
Matthew Gibson ...
Samson's Brother / Verandah Band (as Matthew 'MG' Gibson)
Peter Bartlett ...
Store Manager
Noreen Robertson Nampijinpa ...
Community Lady (as Noreen Robertson)
Kenrick Martin ...
Wheelchair Boy (as Kenrick 'Ricco' Martin)
Audrey Martin ...
Payback Auntie
Fiona Gibson ...
Payback Aunty
Morgaine Wallace ...
Checkout Lady
Tony 'Brownie' Brown ...
Security Guard
Roland Gallois ...
Art Gallery Owner
Patricia Shelper ...
Art Store Lady
Alfreda Glynn ...
Art Store Customer
Edit

Storyline

Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, unwanted and alone they discover that life isn't always fair, but love never judges. Written by Beck Cole

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

True Love.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

7 May 2009 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Samson & Delilah  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Producer Kath Shelper ended up working as the continuity girl too. See more »

Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Summer Special 2009/10 (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It had potential but it failed to really achieve
15 January 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

OK, so I finally went out and watched this film and I really did not like it a great deal either. I am Aboriginal and from a small community and now live in the city and I am very familiar with a lot of what the film presents.

I think the acting was great and they both came across very real but I think the script or lack of was very unbelievable. I understand why Samson didn't speak, because sniffing petrol actually destroys the brain, but Delilah should have spoke at a lot of times. There is no reason for her not to speak, especially since she seemed at least a bit switched on. I understand her Nan just died and that affected her, but it is just not really real that she would have not have said anything to Samson ever. If she had enough frame of mind to go get paint and canvas and try to sell she would have definitely at least said something to somebody. I think the film maker was trying to be artistic and he sacrificed dialogue for it, and it was not believable to me. I also understand non-verbal communication is a very big part of my culture, but when we are with our own people we talk a lot. I know a lot of people dealing with similar things and they definitely speak. I had no problem with Samson not speaking because of the petrol, but I had a very big problem with Delilah not speaking.

Also, people keep saying they communicated through body language and looks, but for the most part they didn't do that either. They did it a little in the first few scenes at the town camp but after that they didn't really communicate at all, it was more like she was just following him around and he was too high off petrol to really care. By not allowing his characters to speak he did not allow them to express their frustrations and anger and this really was a let down.

I also did not believe it as a love story. The first scenes of courting made sense but she did not seem to take a shine to him at any part of the movie, it just seems like she stayed with him just because. I mean did she ever even smile at him? Aborginal people are very passionate and it makes no sense to me why they did not really interact with each other or what she liked about him.

I think a lot of people who like this film think it gives them a glimpse at remote Aboriginal life, but I think it does not offer any explanations and leaves too much open for interpretation and it seems to me most people interpret wrong. I also am not comfortable with the shoplifting thing and the lack of positive Aboriginal characters. There are never any good Aboriginal characters for our youth to aspire to be like on TV, all we got is sports and music, thats not good.

I think the praise this film is getting should have been given to Yolngu Boy ten years ago. That is a film that was criminally overlooked and still is.

regarding Samson and Delilah, I liked the portrayal of petrol sniffing but as an "optimistic love story" that it is presented as, I see no optimism in the film just hopelessness (which I personally don't feel reflects reality) and I did not believe it as a love story either.

I think it might have worked as a short film but as a feature film it is very underdeveloped and really does not allow people to connect with the characters or the story. I have no problem with people liking art type films, but when it is presented as being real and as a reflection of Aboriginal life in remote communities but it really is not real because it is trying to be artsy, I have a problem.


30 of 39 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
1st Aussie movie to get 5 stars from both David + Margaret bittersweet_smiler
I so wanted to like this film. perama-1
This film just won Warwick Thornton the Camera d'Or at Cannes... CitrusWithFuschiaTrim
What was Samson's last name? ebn218
What music was the Delilah character listening to? blue-3
Music Score?? oasy
Discuss Samson & Delilah (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?